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13 September 2003, 12:02 pm
Latest Rankings - Released 11 September 2003
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ISAF World Match Race Rankings

The latest issue of the ISAF World Match Race Rankings see the inclusion of the 2003 ISAF Match Racing World Championship.
Held in Riva on Lake Garda from 24-31 August it saw 12 of the World's best match racing skippers and crews there to battle for the ultimate prize of ISAF World Match Racing Champion.

The result has seen one or two big changes in the open ranking, not least the fact that veteran match racer and America's Cup commentator , on winning the Worlds, saw his position boosted in a field of the best Match racers in the world.

In the women's rankings, there is no change to the top six, but below that, following completion of the ISAF Grade 1, Trentino Women's match, at the same venue as the Open Worlds, there are one or two big movers.

The rankings work on the basis that a skipper will take his best four results from the previous 12 months on the date of the ranking release, and add the scores evolved from the ranking formula to the four best from the 12 months prior to that. So the more events a skipper does, and the better graded those events - the better the ranking.

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As noted, the top two skippers, who were both at the ISAF Match Racing World Championship, are not counting points from their results there. The third placed skipper is Ed BAIRD, and the new ISAF Match Racing World Champion has, as a result of this accolade, moved to third overall on the list. Just over 200 points behind Jesper RADICH (DEN) in second.

In the top spot on the rankings though, is still the 2002 World Champion, Karol JABLONSKI (POL), and it will take some doing to knock the Polish skipper off his perch at the top of the rankings.

Moving into the top ten, Paulo CIAN (ITA), Mascalzone Latino's charismatic skipper in the last Louis Vuitton Cup, has popped into seventh place despite not even counting his World Championship points. Ian WILLIAMS (GBR) is another sailor not counting his result in Italy but has still moved back into the top ten in the World after a two month sabbatical from single figures.

There is some epic movement into and around the top twenty. Andrew ARBUZOV (RUS) has risen from 20 to 12, and is the highest placed Russian skipper. This is his highest ranking ever and was achieved as a result of winning the Magic White Nights in St. Petersburg, earlier this year.

In the top 40, the only new entry is the sudden appearance of Przernek TARNAKI (POL), countryman to the World number one, who has decided to shift 18 gears and pop up to 36 overall, following a steady stream of results.

Luc PILLOT (FRA) has done a magnificent job over the last few weeks, and has masterminded an epic leap from 33 in the rankings up to 16. Just behind him, Eugeniy NEUGODNIKOV , the second placed Russian skipper in the World, popped up from 24 to 17.

Perhaps the most meteoric rise is a little further down the rankings however. For many sailors, being 228 in the world rankings before the World Championship could be a little daunting. Indeed, a win at World Championship graded event, would give an impressive rise. However, the biggest mover prize this month goes to a skipper who now resides 123 on the ISAF World Match Racing Rankings, following a sixth place at the World Championship, and a 105 place rise to Mr Russell COUTTS.

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